Tricia Marie Calhoon
  • 51 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 22, 1965
  • Place of birth:
    Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
  • Date of passing: May 13, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Gig Harbor, Washington, United States
Tricia- thank you for always reminding us to "Live, Love, Laugh," and that "Travel is fatal to bigotry, prejudice and narrow-mindedness” .. Mark Twain

This memorial website was created to celebrate and remember the life of Tricia Marie Calhoon. The site is a work-in-progress; we hope you will share your own stories and upload photos of wonderful moments you shared with our beautiful Tricia.  

Tricia Marie Calhoon (Shamblen), daughter of Ruth and Tom McGregor and the late Richard L. Shamblen, passed away on Friday, May 13th in Gig Harbor, WA.  She attended Indian Hill High School, OH, Class of 1983, and is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. She was an amazing wife, friend, sister, auntie, daughter and “dog mom”. 

Tricia is survived by her best friend and loving husband, Mike Calhoon, her parents Ruth and Tom McGregor, her “dad” Jerry Calhoon, her sister Susan, many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and canines Maya and Piper.    

Her friends would all agree, Tricia had a magnetic personality with a heart of gold.  She loved travel and thrived on the energy of others, making her 25-year career as a flight attendant a perfect match.  In 2005, she became a co-owner of  the Wine Basket in Federal Way, WA making all who entered feel welcome.  She was always willing to give of herself to help others.  Tricia volunteered with the YMCA as a swim aerobics instructor and she trained inmates on pet care for the Prison Pet Partnership at the Washington Corrections Center for Women.  Even during her illness, she stayed positive and looked forward to the time when she could return to these activities.  

Friends and family will gather to celebrate her life on May 28 at 1pm at Kenwood Baptist Church, 8341 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH, 45236.  Additionally, a celebration of life will be set for her loved ones in the Pacific Northwest, please check back for date, time and location.  In lieu of flowers, remembrance contributions can be made to the Prison Pet Partnership at website: www.prisonpetpartnership.org . 

**UPDATE** The Celebration of Life for Tricia's friends & family in the Northwest will be on Saturday, June 18, 2016, 2-5 pm, in Tacoma, Washington at the Point Defiance Pagoda. Please join us for appetizers, music, and celebration!

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Laura Hemmerle on 14th May 2017

"Tricia... one year ago your soul quietly rose up to heaven. I miss you often but know you are here with us still. You surround me with your love (and sometimes those "blunt" motivating opinions) when I need it most, and I thank you for being here with me still... Love, Your Fellow "Nature Girl!"  Hugs..."

This tribute was added by Nancy Calhoon on 13th May 2017

"Tricia--Wow, how has it been a year?   I think of you often.  Wonder about your response to the news of each day--Donald Trump, United Airlines, etc.  Imagine those conversations with you and laugh.  Your name still rolls off my tongue, like you are still here and part of our family events.  That is a hard habit to break.  I know you have found peace and I know God has a plan for your spirit going forward and it will be used for good!"

This tribute was added by Glen Lrk on 25th May 2016

"I met Tricia in 1985 when she began working at the Harley hotel in kenwood. We quickly became friends, and Tricia would always listen to my girlfriend problems, and make me feel better.
We hung out together at U.C. spent a lot of time at the bars in Clifton.
I was so bummed when she didn't make it home for Christmas I so wanted to see my friend. I love you Tricia R.I.P.  

Sincerely Myron"

This tribute was added by Christine Rothe Harmon on 23rd May 2016

"What a wonderful friend Tricia has been all these years. In Jr High, I remember how much fun she was having with Teresa and I thought WOW, I want to hang out with them. Then they let me join in!!! So many adventures in the last 35 years :) Tricia was the center of an amazing group of warm and caring people that enjoyed each other whatever we were doing. I will miss her so very much. Sending love to Mike and her family and friends."

This tribute was added by Andrea Jerabek on 22nd May 2016

"It is with extremely heavy heart that I share that a beautiful soul just passed over to the other side. She was an amazing woman and quite the adventurer! Tricia was my friend and Reiki student. I met her through my practice but kept her as a cherished friend. I had so hoped on seeing her at my birthday party but she just didn't have the energy and I couldn't wait to see her and spend time with her again. Our times together were cut short. I had always hoped on doing things with her and hearing more stories about her exciting travels as an airline flight attendant. Please send love and prayers to her family and husband."

This tribute was added by Christine Thompson on 20th May 2016

"Tricia was the first friend my daughter met when she moved to Washington. They met at a dog park, and continued to share their love of dogs from that day on. I had the pleasure of meeting her a few times, and could see why she was a true friend. I feel the loss of a woman who had so much to give to all that knew her.Let us all learn to reach out and befriend those who need us, as she did."

This tribute was added by Barney Hartley on 20th May 2016

"On 5/13/16, my special friend Tricia Calhoon lost her battle with cancer, but won what she has always been searching for: life in God's arms, where her questions are answered and all that love in her heart can now reach it's zenith. Mike, love you man, you're an amazing husband. And Tricia, the lead singer and the once and forever Betty, I will see you again one day....

Tricia Calhoon's photo."

This tribute was added by Pamela Mills-Feierabend on 20th May 2016

"Tricia, little did I know when I walked into The Wine Basket all those years ago, that it would open up so many doors - and so many bottles!! The good times and memories will live in my heart forever. I feel so blessed to have been by your side today, holding your hand, when you took your last breath here and your first breath in Heaven. You will be missed by so many! You brightened any room just with your presence! Cheers, to you my friend! It's time to drink the good stuff now, cause life is too short!"

This tribute was added by Michael Calhoon on 20th May 2016

"Written by Tricia's friend Alison Pride:

"All life is lived in the shadow of its own finitude, of which we are always aware — an awareness we systematically blunt through the daily distraction of living. But when this finitude is made acutely imminent, one suddenly collides with awareness so acute that it leaves no choice but to fill the shadow with as much light as a human being can generate — the sort of inner illumination we call meaning: the meaning of life." --Maria Popova

Today I post this quote in honor of my friend Tricia, who lost her fight with cancer earlier in the day. Because Trish, more than anyone I knew, filled "the shadow with as much light as a human being can generate." She had a smile to light up a room, never went anywhere (and, as a flight attendant, she traveled all over the world) that she didn't make another good friend, and embraced life and its myriad experiences to the absolute fullest. We met one day coming out of chemo and had many laughs together despite the suckiness of chemo and radiation. She was a loving wife to Mike and mother to several canine children, and had a compassionate heart that reached out to encompass the world. My heart is heavy, but I like to think of her free now to travel anywhere she wants to, unfettered by silly considerations like gravity and security lines at the airport, and those human political constructs called borders. Travel on, my friend."

This tribute was added by Paul Wyand on 19th May 2016

"Kind of strange, we went to High school together, but were not hanging around in the same crowds. We knew each other, but not well. Recently we started conversations on Facebook, and it turned out we were really of the same mindset. Really wish we could have gotten to know each other better as adults. She seemed to have such an open welcoming heart. She really touched me in just a few words."

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This memorial is administered by:

Michael Calhoon
Dawn Brewster
Emily Thompson
Laura Hemmerle
Nancy Calhoon


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